Pagcor sets aside P5B to address classroom shortage-A A +A
Friday, June 27, 2014
TO ADDRESS the classroom shortage, two new four-story buildings will rise in two elementary and secondary public schools in Cebu City.
The project is funded by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., or Pagcor.
The buildings, which will have 20 classrooms each, will be built at the Guadalupe Elementary School and the Inayawan National High School.
A ground-breaking ce-remony was held yesterday, with officials from Cebu City, the Department of Education (DepEd) and Pagcor attending.
Pagcor shelled out P80 million for the project.
Mayor Michael Rama, in his speech during the ceremony, emphasized that problems that beset education should be addressed not by DepEd alone but by all sectors, including the concerned local government units.
The construction of these additional classrooms will have a big impact on the state of schools in the city, he said.
Cebu City South District Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa said 406 classrooms need to be built to accommodate the students in his district.
He said he will look for additional funding to help address the problem.
Cristino Naguiat Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Pagcor, said the project is their way of giving back to the country, particularly to its school children.
“We were able to set aside these funds to share what belongs to the country,” he said.
Cebu City Schools Division Supt. Rhea Mar Angtud Angtud welcomed Pagcor’s assistance, saying “the scope of the problem is so big.”
In Mandaue City, Pagcor turned over a two-story building with six classrooms to the Tingub High School yesterday.
The turnover ceremony was led by Naguiat, Mayor Jonas Cortes and Vice Mayor Glenn Bercede.
Principal Abundio Benitez said the building costs P9.8 million.
He said the school has 290 enrollees this year.
Tingub’s existing building was also donated by the Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
Naguiat said Pagcor has allocated P5 billion in the last three years to build classrooms nationwide.
He said the P2 billion will be used to rebuild damaged or destroyed classrooms in areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda last November.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 28, 2014.